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Amy Winehouse And Tottenham Hotspurs: Ups And Downs

by | 13th, February 2008

amy-winehouse-fans.jpgAMY Winehouse’s brother Alex is writing in the Times. Amy wins five Grammy awards, and brother Alex embarks on a career in journalism. Such is the way of the celebrity media. He is front-page news.

“She’s back among us. This time we hope it’s for real,” says the headline over pages 8 and 9. The back story: “A weekend to remember ended in triumph for the singer. Now Alex Winehouse hopes that his sister has conquered her demons.”

Now read on…

First up, we learn that Alex is a fan of Tottenham Hotspur football club. He talks about three “hard-earned” points at Derby and receiving his League Cup final tickets.

(Note to sports editor: Alex can cover the final.)

“The next day I got my sister back, and had a front row seat to see her kick ass [surely, arse] and take over the world.”

What happens next is less about Winehouse than about Alex taking a drink, sitting down, jumping around and sitting down again. Football fans, like Alex, will know the routine well.

And something occurs to us. Can it be that Winehouse’s career is tied to the fortune of Spurs? The Times provides a list of key dates in the Winehouse life:

September 14, 1982 – Amy Jade Winehouse born, Southgate, North London.

The news is sandwiched between home defeat to Manchester City (1-2; Sept 11) and a victory over Sunderland (0-1, 18 Sept).

Verdict: It augurs well.

October 20, 2003 – Releases debut album Frank
Spurs defeat Bolton Wanderers 3 – 1.

Verdict: On the up.

October 30 2006 – Releases Black to Black
Sandwiched between a home draw with Arsenal (1-1, Oct 29) and defeat to Bolton Wanderers (0-1, Nov 05).

Vedict: Struggles to follow up promising result.

February 14, 2007 – Best Female Artist Brit Awards
Sandwiched between defeat at Sheffield United (1-2, Feb 10) and a win over Everton (Feb 21)

Verdict: The Winehouse factor.

May 18, 2007 – Hush-hush marriage to Blake Fielder Dreams
Closed season

Verdict: Maybe next year.

August 23, 2007 – Winehouse and Fielder-Dreams are seen caked in blood
Sandwiched between victory over Derby County (4-0, Aug 18) and defeat at Manchester City (0-1, Aug 26)

Verdict: Getting sloppy.

November 9, 2007
Fielder-Dreams is arrested
Sandwiched between victory over Hapoel Tel Aviv (2-0, Nov 08) and a win over Wigan (4-0, Nov 11)

Verdict: Back of the net!

December 2, 2007
Winehouse pictured barefoot in red bra in street
Home defeat to Premier League strugglers Birmingham City (2 – 3)

Verdict: Disappointing

January 22, 2008 – The Sun publishes video of Winehouse, apparently, taking crack cocaine
On the same day Spurs beat Arsenal 5 – 1, the first win over their loyal rivals for eight years.

Verdict: Winehouse is the epitome of restraint.

February 10 – Wins five Grammy awards
Putting the tin lid on brother Alex’s weekend

Verdict: A mixed year of highs and lows, with flashes of excellence undone by moments of over-hyped nonsense…

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